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Bogut returns to Golden State, Simmons leads 76ers to victory

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20th March, 2019
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Andrew Bogut has started in the NBA for the second successive night, helping Golden State to an important win, while Ben Simmons scored 28 points for the 76ers.

Australian Ben Simmons has scored 28 points while JJ Redick had 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-114 for their fifth successive NBA victory.

Jimmy Butler added 23 points and nine assists, and Tobias Harris chipped in with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers (46-25), who remained in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Redick finished with seven three-pointers, one shy of his career high.
Jeremy Lamb led the Hornets with 26 points and 11 rebounds but missed a floater that would have sent the game into overtime.

Redick was the story of the first half, pouring in 21 points with five three-pointers.

Simmons was at his best throughout the night with eight rebounds and five assists to accompany his 28 points. Star teammate Joel Embiid was rested.
Andrew Bogut started for the second successive night for Golden State Warriors and this time the NBL MVP scored two points, collected six rebounds and provided three assists in 13 minutes on the court against Minnesota.

Stephen Curry scored 22 of his 36 points in the third quarter and Klay Thompson pitched in with 28 points, giving Golden State more than enough production to beat the fading Timberwolves 117-107.

The win helps the Warriors regain first place in the Western Conference.
Having recently re-joined Golden State, Bogut again started for DeMarcus Cousins who missed with a sore right ankle, although coach Steve Kerr said he will be back for their next game.

With Curry, Bogut, Draymond Green and Thompson in the starting lineup at the same time, the Warriors have won 108 of 133 games.

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Elsewhere on Tuesday, Chris Capela posted his sixth successive double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds as the visiting Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to three games with a 121-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Capela was 11 for 13 from the floor and continued his hot play since returning from a thumb injury, while superstar James Harden added 31 points.

The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks defeated the LA Lakers 115-101, with Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James rested for their respective sides.

In the late games, the Brooklyn Nets edged the Sacramento Kings 123-121 while the Los Angeles Clippers were too strong for the Indiana Pacers, 115-109.

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